Capitalism, Sex, and Magic

ROTATING TRIPLE-BILL

Shamanism, false economies, and modern spiritual power. Dancemakers presents a queering, kaleidoscopic triple bill of works by internationally renowned artist KEITH HENNESSY (Sudbury/San Francisco), ground-breaker ANDREW TAY (Montréal) and local pioneer EROCA NICOLS (aka Lady Janitor) (Toronto).

Presented over 4 days, the works will be performed in different combinations that re-contextualize their themes. Every night will be a unique experience. SEE THE FULL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE BELOW.
 

About The Works

Keith Hennessy in Bear/Skin. Photo by Ian Douglas.

Keith Hennessy in Bear/Skin. Photo by Ian Douglas.

Bear/Skin
by Keith Hennessey

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Thursday, May 7 | 8 pm
Friday, May 8 | 8 pm
Saturday, May 9 | 8 pm

Motivated by grand spectacle and ambitious prayer, Keith Hennessy’s Bear/Skin appropriates Nijinsky's choreography for Le Sacre du Printemps (1913) to consider Modernism's dependence on appropriations of the indigenous, folk, exotic, and oriental, and question ritual and art today. Bear/Skin was named TimeOut New York's 2014 Critics' Pick and "a must see" performance by San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Hennessy is that rare artist who succeeds in translating fierce social concerns into artistically satisfying creations that enlighten and entertain.
— San Francisco Bay Guardian

"There will be a bear dance that has nothing to do with gay bears and everything to do with Rite of Spring, teddy bears, the reconstruction of native/folk bear dances, action movies and virgin sacrifice, springtime in the northern hemisphere, the land I grew up on and where my parents are buried, and the land I now live on where my uncle and many others are buried. But it’s also about dancing and about ritual and appropriation; the struggle between being both settler and indigenous, nomad-refugee and precarious freelancer. Don’t expect a lecture or much coherence. Come to heal and be healed or not.”— Keith Hennessy

Attend the artist talk featuring Keith Hennessy, moderated by Kim Katrin Milan (award-winning multidisciplinary artist, curator, writer, and educator) on Wednesday, May 6. GET FREE TICKETS HERE. 

Andrew Tay. Photo by Richmond Lam.

Andrew Tay. Photo by Richmond Lam.

Summoning Aesthetics
by Andrew Tay

DANCEMAKERS PREMIERE
Created and performed in collaboration with François Lalumiere

Wednesday, May 6 | 8 pm
Thursday, May 7 | 8 pm
Saturday, May 9 | 3 pm

What are the actions / images / rituals that call forth the idea of summoning? And if we are to execute these without pretense...What are we summoning into the space around us? What types of spirits / magic / nothingness / can we make happen without knowing what the @#$% we are doing? The performance will be an impossible attempt to render intense rituals and spiritual actions into the superficial and transform pop culture and trivial actions into a sacred practice.

Attend the artist talk featuring Andrew Tay, moderated by Brendan Healy (Artistic Director, Buddies in Bad Times), on Saturday, May 9. GET FREE TICKETS HERE. 

Eroca Nicols. Photo by Cory Lund.

...Truthteller...
by Eroca Nicols (Lady Janitor)

WORLD PREMIERE

Wednesday, May 6 | 8 pm
Friday, May 8 | 8 pm
Saturday, May 9 | 3 pm

...Truthteller... is a solo work by Lady Janitor featuring: feats of fear facing and concentration, questions and answers, calling on and calling out the past, present and future, blood, water, conversation, aqua-technics, results of a sojourn of spiritual seekery, live lifelong lasting body alteration, sweating, movement and yes, truthtelling.

Attend the artist talk featuring Eroca Nicols, moderated by Brendan Healy (Artistic Director, Buddies in Bad Times), on Saturday, May 9. GET FREE TICKETS HERE. 

 

FULL Performance Schedule

Wednesday, May 6 | 8 pm
...TRUTHTELLER... by EROCA NICOLS (aka LADY JANITOR) 
SUMMONING AESTHETICS by ANDREW TAY

Thursday, May 7 | 8 pm
SUMMONING AESTHETICS by ANDREW TAY
BEAR/SKIN by KEITH HENNESSY

Friday, May 8 | 8 pm
BEAR/SKIN by KEITH HENNESSY
...TRUTHTELLER... by EROCA NICOLS (aka LADY JANITOR

Saturday, May 9 | 3 pm
...TRUTHTELLER... by EROCA NICOLS (aka LADY JANITOR
SUMMONING AESTHETICS by ANDREW TAY

Saturday, May 9 | 8 pm
BEAR/SKIN by KEITH HENNESSY

TICKETS

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Featuring award-winning Keith Hennessy, Andrew Tay, and Eroca Nicols (aka Lady Janitor).

A rotating triple-bill with renowned international, Canadian, and local artists on the forefront of dance. The final presentation of the 2014-15 Season.

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DURATION

60 minutes

DATES & TIMES

Wednesday, May 6 | 8 pm
Thursday, May 7 | 8 pm
Friday, May 8 | 8 pm
Saturday, May 9 | 3 pm
Saturday, May 9 | 8 pm

VENUE 

Dancemakers, Main Stage 313
9 Trinity Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
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